Letter to the Editor: Colorado could use Amendment 73

Posted 9/19/18

Amendment 73 leverages Colorado’s strong economy to benefit our communities by asking the highest earners and “C” corporations, to contribute more to Colorado’s public schools, the …

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Letter to the Editor: Colorado could use Amendment 73

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Amendment 73 leverages Colorado’s strong economy to benefit our communities by asking the highest earners and “C” corporations, to contribute more to Colorado’s public schools, the cornerstone of our democracy.
Colorado spends $2,800 less than the national average per student each year. Our teachers have the least competitive wages in the nation, making it difficult to attract and retain experienced teachers. We have more novice teachers than any other state, except Florida.
Teachers have taken second jobs to make ends meet, which means they are not able to spend their time planning, preparing, and differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of students who learn differently or need more support. Education can be transformational for children facing challenges, but our schools must be funded adequately to meet those needs and close achievement gaps. With greater funding, we can compensate teachers fairly so that they choose to stay in the profession. Teaching well requires time and experience. Colorado’s children deserve that.
Amendment 73 funds full day kindergarten and increases funding for preschool. This investment will continue to positively impact children as they move through their academic careers, reducing retention and drop-out rates.
Every Colorado school district will benefit from Amendment 73 and will decide how to best allocate their share. It is time to invest in Colorado’s children and our public schools. They are the future of our communities.

Bobbi Sanchez,
Lakewood

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